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Workshops and training for researchers

 Attendance at MRE sessions counts towards Postgraduate Researcher training hours.  Add details to your eProg record following our MRE_eProg_guide.pdf.

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Introduction to research data management in Biology, Medicine and Health

Tue 30 Apr 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms, ranging from measurements and questionnaires to videos and simulations. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

Ways to work collaboratively on your data

Writing a data management plan

Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

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How to get published in the Humanities (hosted by SAGE)

Wed 1 May 2019, 13:30 - 15:00

Academic journals have notoriously stringent acceptance criteria, and there is a huge amount of quality research being submitted to journals every day, so how can you make sure you give yourself the best start in the publication process?

This How to get published session will give you some great tips on increasing your chances of having a journal article accepted for publication. We will talk about key factors that impact the chances of an article being accepted for publication, such as:

  • ensuring the quality of your research methodology,
  • choosing the right journal,
  • preparing your manuscript,
  • responding appropriately to the peer-review process.

By the end of this session, you will have gained insight into how SAGE approaches the publication of a journal article, and you will have some top tips that you can use as you prepare your research for publication, and some helpful resources to help you on your journey.

It would be helpful to have a look at https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/how-to-get-published before the session.

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Introduction to managing research materials and data for the Faculty of Humanities

Thu 2 May 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Have you ever had problems finding the latest version of a file, or discovered a file name you did not understand?

Researchers receive, collect and manage a lot of information from different sources ranging from documents and publications to surveys and videos. Managing your information can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

Methods for working collaboratively on your files

Writing a data management plan

Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

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7 steps to raising your research profile

Tue 7 May 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

Getting noticed promoting yourself and your research online

This workshop will help you develop strategies for managing your online research presence by considering the following questions:

  • Which online tools and platforms are the most useful to me?
  • How can I find the time to use social media tools to promote my research?
  • How can I maximise access to my research?
  • How do I know if my online presence strategies are effective?
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Who's talking about your research online

Tue 7 May 2019, 12:00 - 13:30

A new way to track whos talking about your research

Researchers are increasingly required to demonstrate the impact that their research is having beyond traditional academia. The emerging area of altmetrics offers new and powerful ways to track and report on the online attention of research.

This session will provide an overview of the tools and support that the Library provides to University of Manchester researchers in this new area of scholarly communications.

During this session we will consider the following:

  • How are altmetrics being used by publishers, funders and research institutions?
  • How can I find out my own altmetric data?
  • How can I benefit from altmetric data?
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Framing and pitching a book project from thesis research (hosted by Manchester University Press)

Thu 9 May 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

In this session, a commissioning editor will provide advice on how to approach the task of framing a book project based on research undertaken from a PhD thesis. This will include ways to differentiate book from thesis, choosing the right publisher, and guidance on the expected parameters for length and illustration.

By the end of the session, attendees should have a sense of what publishers expect to see, what pitfalls to avoid, and hopefully some idea of where they could begin to develop their own work towards monograph publication.

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Editor Clinic: Book project from thesis research (hosted by Manchester University Press)

Thu 9 May 2019, 12:00 - 13:00

This session is made up of 10-minute slots with a commissioning editor from MUP, giving you the opportunity to discuss your research and how you might use it as a starting point for a book project. The editors all work in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with an emphasis on History, Art, Archaeology, Sociology, Anthropology and Geography.

The slots are for attendees of the previous session on Framing and Pitching a Book Project from Thesis Research.

There is no obligation to publish with MUP, just friendly advice.

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PGR Reps Masterclass: Resilience skills for researchers

Tue 14 May 2019, 10:30 - 12:00

In this workshop you will work with others to generate a meaningful concept of what it means to be resilient in your approach to research. We will explore effective ways of dealing with the challenges you may encounter, highlight the wealth of support on offer and share advice on how to cultivate strong support networks. You will work with fellow researchers to develop strategies for maintaining a healthy working practice which will not only enable you to 'survive' but also to 'thrive' as a researcher.

This event will be of particular interest to PGR Reps, but is open to any PGRs interested in developing their resilience skills.

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Shut up and write

Wed 15 May 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Shut Up and Write is an event in which researchers come together for a fixed amount of time and write. During this time there is no talking, no internet, no reading just writing. It is a great way to carve out dedicated writing time and make progress on those thesis chapters, journal articles, or grant applications.

Whilst two hours doesnt sound like much, it is amazing what you can get done if you really focus. There will be short, scheduled breaks (with free tea, coffee and snacks) in between writing sessions of 25 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task.

The room will be open at least five minutes prior to the session. Please arrive early enough to allow yourself time to settle in before the session starts.

Dont forget your laptop!

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Introduction to research data management in Science and Engineering

Thu 16 May 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms, ranging from measurements and models to videos and simulations. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

Methods for working collaboratively on your data

Writing a data management plan

Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

Find out more

Open Access in five simple steps

Fri 17 May 2019, 12:00 - 13:00

Open Access (OA) is an essential consideration for all Manchester researchers and PGRs. This bitesize workshop will explain OA and why you should be thinking about openness when undertaking and seeking to publish your research.

By the end of this session you will:

Understand the benefits of Open Access for you as an individual researcher, and for the wider world

Understand different ways of publishing research Open Access

Know how to choose the most appropriate Open Access method for your work

Know how to ensure compliance with institutional and funder Open Access requirements

Understand how the Librarys Scholarly Communication team can help you

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Framing and pitching a book project from thesis research (hosted by Manchester University Press)

Thu 23 May 2019, 14:00 - 15:00

In this session, a commissioning editor will provide advice on how to approach the task of framing a book project based on research undertaken from a PhD thesis. This will include ways to differentiate book from thesis, choosing the right publisher, and guidance on the expected parameters for length and illustration.

By the end of the session, attendees should have a sense of what publishers expect to see, what pitfalls to avoid, and hopefully some idea of where they could begin to develop their own work towards monograph publication.

Find out more

Editor Clinic: Book project from thesis research (hosted by Manchester University Press)

Thu 23 May 2019, 15:00 - 16:00

This session is made up of 10-minute slots with a commissioning editor from MUP, giving you the opportunity to discuss your research and how you might use it as a starting point for a book project. The editors all work in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with an emphasis on History, Art, Archaeology, Sociology, Anthropology and Geography.

The slots are for attendees of the previous session on Framing and Pitching a Book Project from Thesis Research.

There is no obligation to publish with MUP, just friendly advice.

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Mindfulness for Postgraduate Research

Wed 29 May 2019, 13:30 - 15:00

This workshop will provide a practical introduction to Mindfulness. You will work with others to learn more about what mindfulness is and how it might be able to help you approach the PhD journey differently. Mindfulness can help to improve concentration, help you get less stuck at times of difficulty, and positively enhance your wellbeing. You will practise applying mindfulness to the day to day challenges of your PhD in order to support your wellbeing and equip you to keep moving forwards.

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